“It’s so important to have an event like the First Women Awards because
we have not yet quite broken through the glass ceiling. There are still a lot
of girls who say ‘I will a do that because I’m a girl’, and we need to
break those attitudes.”
Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson
“An award like this tells me that I’m doing something right. As a female
engineer, I’m one of five women in my larger team so it’s really something
to have this acknowledgment. It means a lot.”
Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan, Senior Researcher, BT
Celebrating the UK's trailblazing women - and inspiring the next generationThe First Women Programme was created by Real Business in 2005 and brings together outstanding women from all sectors.
The programme has created an enthusiastic and dedicated network of pioneering women, who engage directly through a series of high profile First Women events, including the Awards, Winners Lunch and Summit.
Real Business is the UK's is the most-read SME website dedicated to high-growth businesses and entrepreneurs with 124,623 monthly unique visitors (ABC audit March 2015).
At the First Women Working Lunch our inspirational winners and judges gathered to set the agenda for the 2016 First Women Summit.
This full day summit leverages ten years of the First Women movement, drawing on the phenomenal network of pioneering women the Awards has created to educate, mentor and inspire.Find out more
Founded by Real Business and the CBI. Since 2005, the awards have grown in influence and impact, and now enjoy the support of many of the UK’s leading businesses, business bodies and business leaders.Find out more
First Women Exclusives
STEM Women founder on “cookie-chasing” phenomenon of men merely describing themselves as allies to the female agenda
A report issued by Engineering UK, “The State of Engineering”, projected that the shortage of skills in STEM fields could cost the British economy up to £27bn a year. Businesses need to be hiring 182,000 engineers annually until 2022 – but where are they going to find these engineers? Encouraging more females into the industry is one […]Read more
UK laws fighting to close the gender gap
For most companies, supporting women in the workplace can come naturally, but others may feel overwhelmed by the constant changes to the law and can risk forgetting to adapt existing policies. Without following the law bosses put themselves at risk from litigation and costly court cases that could have been avoided if they had simply […]Read more
Benefits of creating a workplace where parental leave is flexible and children are welcome in the office
According to Ida Tin, CEO and co-founder of digital health startup Clue, one of the biggest obstacles to women in business is that many countries have created an environment where there is a preconceived idea that if you are a woman at the top of a company, you can’t be a mother. We need only […]Read more